InnovateHer Challenge 2017

InnovateHer Challenge 2017

InnovateHER is a cross-cutting prize competition to unearth innovative products and services that help impact and empower the lives of women and families. Our workforce looks very different from 50 years ago. Women now make up nearly half of the labor force and play a critical role in our nation’s economic prosperity. Most children live in households where all parents work. And as our population ages, families are increasingly caring for aging parents while balancing the needs of work and home. As demands on women and families grow, the need for products and services that address unique challenges increases. The InnovateHER Challenge provides that platform.

LiftFund’s WBC is excited to be partnering with the SBAUTSA SBDCSCORE San Antonio and Launch SA as a local host of the 2017 InnovateHER Challenge. The InnovateHER Challenge is a national prize competition that culminates in a live pitch final round in September of 2017. During the InnovateHER Finals, up to 10 Finalists will compete for the Top Three cash prizes totaling $70,000. Learn more here.


This Challenge is open only to: (1) citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time of their submission of an entry (or teams of such individuals); and (2) private entities, such as corporations or other organizations, that are incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States. Individuals submitting on behalf of corporations, nonprofits, or groups of individuals (such as an academic class or other team) must meet the eligibility requirements for individual contestants. An individual may belong to more than one team submitting an entry in this Challenge. SBA employees are not eligible, nor are Federal entities or Federal employees acting within the scope of their employment. Individuals or organizations that are currently suspended or disbarred by the federal government are not eligible for this Challenge.


4/5/2017 – 12:00 noon Launch SA & Liftfund WBC to host an Information Session at Launch SA and Livestream on LiftFundUS Facebook page

5/22/2017 – Application Deadline

6/13/2017 – Pitch Event  6:00-7:00 pm, Launch SA: Top 5 Applicants at Launch SA

7/31/2017 – SBA announces Top 10 Finalists

*Image: NovoThelium wins first place at the 2017 Launch SA Venture Challenge Awards Ceremony in San Antonio. Courtesy Photo.